Sugarloaf Ridge State Park needs our help to catalog the thousands of plants, animals, and fungi that can be seen in the Park. Sonoma Ecology Center’s Dr. Dan Levitis will provide an introduction to the iNaturalist app and a chance to use it during an accessible bioblitz around the Sugarloaf Visitor Center as part of 2023’s City Nature Challenge.
Participants of any level of experience can help find, photograph, and/or identify life in the park. Smartphones with the iNaturalist app will be our main tool, but those lacking phones are also welcome to participate. If you haven’t used iNaturalist, or haven’t made an observation for a while, this is your chance – just make sure to load the iNaturalist app on your phone before you arrive. Free event. Meet outside the Visitor Center. Bring water, a full battery on your mobile device (or alternatively, a camera), and layers. We’ll have a digital microscope set up on the back deck so that we can capture wildlife from the macroscopic to the microscopic. Parking fees apply; rain cancels the event.
City Nature Challenge runs from April 28th to May 1st, 2023. It’s a bioblitz-style friendly competition where cities are in a contest against each other to see who can make the most observations of nature, who can find the most species, and who can engage the most participants. Learn more about City Nature Challenge or view the Sugarloaf Project here!
This event is part of the Challenge along with other events scheduled from 4/28-5/1.
Ease of access: Sugarloaf’s Visitor Center is surrounded by an accessible wooden deck. There is one van-designated parking space in front of the ramp/deck, and an acessible porta-potty a few feet away from the parking spot. Additional accessible accommodations can be made if contacted in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more events at Sugarloaf, visit our calendar of events.